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Early Applied Arts: Textiles

The State of the Arts: Early Textiles and their study

Saturday 28 January 2012
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London 
Strand, WC2R 2LS

After agriculture, textiles have been the most important form of production in all societies from the Neolithic to the Industrial Revolution. In recent years, many new discoveries have been made of textiles and clothing, fragmentary and complete, of prehistoric, ancient and medieval date. This workshop aims to introduce research into this wealth of material to specialists in other areas and to the public at large.   


9.30 - Tea & Coffee

10.00 - 11.15: The Sources

Introduction: Early Textiles and What We Learn from Them  
Margarita Gleba, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, University College London 

The Study of Textiles and the Understanding of Texts: Extant Silks and English Medieval Documents 
Lisa Monnas, London

11.30 - 12.45: Teaching and Conservation  

Teaching the History of Early Textiles in UK Institutions 
Jane Bridgeman, Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martin’s School of Art

Textile Conservation and the Study of Early Textiles: knowledge, treatment and intervention
Elena Phipps, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

12.45 - 14.00: Lunch 

14.00 - 15.15: Studying textiles - the United Kingdom

Research into Early Textiles in the UK and its Past and Current Reflection in our Institutions – a Factual Account
Hero Granger-Taylor, London

William Morris and Early Textiles 
Bysshe Coffey, University of Exeter

15.15 - 15.45: Tea & Coffee

15.45 - 17.00: Studying textiles: the experience of other countries

Chair - Prof. Dr. Birgitt Borkopp-Restle, Abteilung Geschichte der textilen Künste, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität Bern; President,  Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens

France – the Very Long Tradition of ‘Textile Analysis’ inherited by the Centre International d’Étude des Textiles Anciens at Lyon 
Sophie Desrosiers, Maître de Conférences, Histoire des Techniques, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Scandinavia – from Household Practice to Archaeological Insight 
Lise Bender Jørgensen,  Professor, Department of Archaeology & Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim

Tickets £15 including lunch. Booking is available via the King's e-shop.

Please note, booking will close at midnight on 25 January. If you wish to book after this date email to check availability.

Joint organisers: Early Textiles Study Group 
and Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

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